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Taking respite in the payroll comfort zone?

August 19, 2019, by in Accounting

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Are you still undertaking the payroll or book keeping yourself to save a few pounds of outsourcing costs? AISMA accountant Michael Ogilvie* explains why this can be a false economy. In our experience, some practice managers explain that doing the payroll and book keeping themselves gives them some respite from the pressure of managing a

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Are you paying attention to the practice’s finances?

July 16, 2019, by in Accounting, Money, Pay

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The practice’s finances can be seen as a chore that takes practice managers away from the more important tasks of running the surgery and making sure that there are enough GPs and nurses to see patients. Specialist medical accountant David Lockitt explains that when managed efficiently, finance work can be an invaluable tool in helping

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What to look out for before signing a PCN agreement

What to look out for before signing a PCN agreement

Things are moving fast – some would say too fast – in establishing primary care networks.  Amidst all the speculation and comment in the rush to get the networks set up, it is essential that practices understand what they are signing up to. Specialist medical accountant Bob Senior explains what to watch out for. Don’t

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‘Scheme pays’ election deadline is looming

There has been considerable press exposure surrounding the NHS pension in recent weeks, including the increase in the employer’s pension rate, the possible 50/50 partial scheme, the ongoing administration issues, and the ‘Separate Cash Payment’ scheme. Many of the potential changes in the pension scheme relate to, or are aimed at, alleviating the Annual Allowance

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Giving your practice agreement a spring clean

Completing a new partnership agreement or updating an existing one might feel like a never-ending exercise, but it’s a vital legal document which GP practices must keep up to date. Specialist medical accountant Colin Haw knows all too well what can happen if there’s no agreement in place, or if the agreement fails to keep

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Managing change – what could your accountant be helping you with?

‘Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.’ Robin Sharma More specialist medical accountancy firms are now able to provide a much broader service offering that includes, in some instances, assisting GP practices with managing change. As one of these lucky change consultants, here are my favourite tips to

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What should your accountant do for you?

February 21, 2019, by in Accounting, AISMA

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What should your accountant do for you?

Is your accountant doing the best possible job for your practice? Here’s a checklist of things that they should be doing for you as standard: Primary care insight: Commentary on new developments that will affect your practice Is your accountant on top of the NHS Long Term Plan and the five-year GP contract? They should

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